Tag Archives: White House

CompTIA Signs National Deal to Certify Technology Workers

The Computing Technology Industry Association has agreed to certify 625K technology sector workers under a signed pledge with the White House. The organization said Monday it signed the pledge during a meeting with several administration officials such as Christopher Liddell, who serves as assistant to the president and deputy chief of staff for policy coordination.

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Speaker Nancy Pelosi: House Should Pass Deal on Government Spending, Debt Limit Before Recess

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said she hopes the lower chamber can pass a deal to raise the debt ceiling and set spending levels by July 26, CNBC reported Wednesday. Pelosi said she expects the White House and the chamber to agree on a measure by Friday, July 19 to allow lawmakers to work on the legislative text over the weekend.

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Trump Issues Executive Order on Citizenship Data Collection

President Trump issued an executive order directing agencies to provide “the maximum assistance permissible” to the Commerce Department to ensure the accuracy of citizenship records relevant to the 2020 decennial census on Thursday. The directive comes after the Supreme Court ruled in Department of Commerce v. New York that the decision to include a citizenship status element in the 2020 decennial census was “substantively invalid”.

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Harvard Medical School Professor Gil Alterovitz Named VA’s First AI Director

Gil Alterovitz, a biomedical informatics professor at Harvard Medical School and a White House presidential innovation fellow, has joined the Department of Veterans Affairs as director of artificial intelligence. He leads the ongoing efforts to broaden the application of AI in department's research and healthcare programs and collaborate with third-party organizations focusing on the technology, VA said Wednesday.

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Joint Chiefs Nominee Gen. Mark Milley: DoD Needs to Strengthen Information Warfare, Cyber Capabilities

Army Gen. Mark Milley, the White House’s nominee to be the next chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said the Department of Defense should improve its information warfare, cyber and electronic warfare capabilities to counter threats posed by Russia, China and other competitors, C4ISRNET reported Thursday.

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Report: Trump to Nominate Vice Adm. Michael Gilday as Chief of Naval Operations

resident Trump will nominate Vice Adm. Michael Gilday, director of the Joint Staff, to serve as the next chief of naval operations, the Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday. A U.S. official said the president approved Gilday’s nomination for the post during a meeting with Navy officials at the White House on Wednesday.

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White House Issues Update to 2016 National Artificial Intelligence R&D Strategic Plan

The White House’s National Science and Technology Council released an update to the 2016 strategic plan for artificial intelligence research and development in support of the American AI Initiative that was launched through an executive order in February. The National AI R&D Strategic Plan: 2019 Update retains the first seven priorities in the 2016 plan and adds a new strategy to expand public-private partnerships to accelerate advances in AI.

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OSTP, GSA Issue Report on Agencies’ Use of Prize Competitions; Kelvin Droegemeier Quoted

A joint report by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and the General Services Administration shows that the number of federal agency-backed prize competitions listed on Challenge.gov has increased from 744 to 875 since the 2016 study, FCW reported Friday. The challenges authorized under the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2010 have led to the emergence of startups and offered agencies a mass of examples to launch their own initiatives, according to the report.

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Trump Wants to Cut Federal Advisory Committees

President Trump signed an executive order requiring federal agencies to assess the functions of advisory committees established under the Federal Advisory Committee Act. The administration aims to remove at least one third of existing committees across the government, according to the directive issued Friday

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